Saturday 24 February 2018

Taylor and Thompson key in CBC triumph

CBC Cork 9 Crescent CC 8

CBC’s James Taylor kicks the point for his side to clinch the Munster Schools Senior Cup. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
CBC’s James Taylor kicks the point for his side to clinch the Munster Schools Senior Cup. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
Daniel Hurley of Crescent College Comprehensive is tackled by CBC's Barry Galvin. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
CBC players celebrate at the final whistle. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile newsdesk

Munster Schools Senior Cup final

Solid defending from Christian Brothers College saw them hold out for victory at Irish Independent Park yesterday.

Seeking their first title since 2009, and 29th overall - the one to push them ahead of great Cork rivals PBC at the top of roll of honour - CBC had fought back from 8-3 down thanks to two James Taylor penalties on 50 and 60 minutes, but they were tested by the Limerick side in a second half that ran to 39 minutes.

Ultimately, though, they prevailed.

With the wind in the first half, Crescent drew first blood with an 11th-minute penalty from Daniel Hurley. While Taylor responded in kind with a super kick from 40 metres, Crescent would still lead at half-time as they profited from a Christians knock-on four minutes from the break.

From the scrum, flanker Niall Mulcahy was prominent and the ball was worked wide to Hurley, who crossed. He prepared to take the conversion himself but the wind knocked the ball from the tee and his drop-kicked effort was wide.

Coming up to half-time, Crescent might have got in again when a penalty from deep was sent to touch, but the lineout came to nothing.

Within 15 minutes of the restart, Taylor had cut the gap to just two points with another penalty and Crescent were reduced to 14 when centre Billy O'Hora was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on. Just as he returned, CBC won another penalty, Taylor striking what proved to be the winner from the 10-metre line.

There was enough time for Crescent to respond and they did their best to fight back. A break by captain Calvin Nash seemed destined to produce another try but CBC's Richard Thompson made a vital game-saving interception.

Even then, the danger wasn't over as Crescent went for touch from a penalty in injury-time but Thompson was again the hero, stealing possession and ensuring that Christians would take the silverware.

CBC CORK - L Coombes; B Galvin, J Harrington, A McHenry, I Casey; J Taylor, R Cassidy; L Masters, G Good (S Bushe 45), C Leahy (P Kelleher 37); R Thompson, S Duffy (F Hennessy 69); R O'Neill, D Feeney, R Hyde (D Barry 57).

CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE - D Hurley; J Fehilly, C Nash, B O'Hora, C Phillips; M Hanly, J Lyons; J Henchy, J Barry, T Connolly; J Blake, F Coleman; N Mulcahy, B Faloon, D Feasy (P Hickey 50).

Ref - K Barry (MAR).

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